By Matt Micucci
Herb Alpert’s new album Come Fly With Me was released on September 25, and it debuted at #3 on the Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart and #7 on the Jazz Album Chart. Six weeks later, the album remains in the Contemporary Jazz Chart’s top 10.
His new album Come Fly With Me features seven brand new original songs, as well as signoture takes on some of the most indelible melodies of the 20th century – such as George Harrison’s Something and Billy Strayhorn’s Take the A Train, a nice touch that also celebrates this year’s 100th anniversary of one of Duke Ellington’s closest collaborators.
The success of Herb Alpert’s new album continues the legendary musicians’ recent success on the charts. He has, in fact, stayed well acquainted with the Billboard charts throughout his illustrious five decade career. One of his most iconic records, Whipped Cream & Other Delights, hit the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 fifty years ago this month, which would go on to remain the top-selling album in the US until March 1966, and sell over six million copies to date. That album contained some of his most famous works, such as his biggest hit A Taste of Honey, and is also well remembered for its cutting-edge cover art.
To celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary, Alpert will be re-issuing Whipped Cream & Other Delights. The edition will be a newly remastered version, and will be available on LP and CD, just in time for the holiday season.
This will be the first of 26 additional rereleases, all of which have been remastered for iTunes for the first time ever. Among these titles, another seasonal addition, Herb’s 1968 Christmas Album, will be released on November 276, and classics such as The Lonely Bull and South of the Border will follow next year.
On top of that, Herb Alpert and his band will round out their 2015 touring schedule with an intimate West Coast run during the first week of December.